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WASHINGTON -- In August of 2012, I wrote a column for The Washington Post criticizing Donald Trump for his assertion of a connection between vaccinations and autism. In a testy letter replying to me, Trump denied that he opposed vaccinations per se.

A big focus for colleges and universities during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown has been on how students and professors are adjusting to the shift from campus life to online education. A newer focus is on seniors losing out on traditional graduation ceremonies and facing an uncertain future.

Pierre the cat was a once-in-a-lifetime pet, and some of you will know exactly what I mean.

Hospital Week has deeper meaning this year as the Lutheran Health Network hospital teams celebrate our work to provide, safe, high-quality care for patients.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Now is the time to feel sorry for Christine Blasey Ford. Her days as the face that launched a million sexual assault allegations are over, thanks to Tara Reade and the blinding hypocrisy of Democrats who sought to destroy Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during h…

Listeners could be forgiven for a sense of deja vu: “It’s going to go. It’s going to leave. It’s going to be gone,” Donald Trump pronounced of coronavirus on Wednesday.

I was going to write a wry but pointed column about Indiana’s coming search for a new tourism slogan, something along the lines of, “Wave on your way to Michigan” or, “Thanks for not stopping by.”

More than a fifth of the 55,000 known covid-19 deaths in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Federal and state governments have largely turned a blind eye, often making no effort to test residents or staffs and leaving relatives, surrounding comm…

Hoosiers from across state, political spectrum deserve task force representation

The newspaper that employed me for more than 30 years has ceased publication. It feels like a death in the family, and I’ve been trying to imagine the obituary:

The small groups of people who have gathered, and continue to gather, to protest coronavirus restrictions in this state and many others are right about one big thing: The damage being done by the stay-at-home orders is enormous.

Last month, US Postal Service workers delivered “President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America” to households across the country. But Trump, of course, has no interest in helping the agency he relied on to get out his message and feels no patriotic duty to support postal workers who a…

As a journalist, I appreciate the job our TV news folks are doing to keep us informed during these trying times. But, honestly, they’re starting to wear me out.

A global pandemic demands a global response. The only international body that can provide that response is the World Health Organization. It is the WHO’s job to track the spread of coronavirus, to share information and advice about best practice, and to help co-ordinate the international res…

In normal times, trying to persuade everyone to stand up and be counted in the once-in-a-decade census presents a challenge.

Are we surprised that the wealthy residents of exclusive Fisher Island have purchased their own coronavirus test kits from another private institution to keep themselves and their employees safe?

I don’t know what to make of George Will anymore. Having enlisted in the Never Trump brigade, he acts the part of MSNBC’s domesticated conservative. But is he still a conservative? Yes, he is. Will’s “The Conservative Sensibility” is defense exhibit number one, no additional evidence required.

In some places in the United States and other developed countries hit hard by Covid-19, the question is when might it become possible to start getting back to work. For much of the rest of the world, the nightmare is yet to start. And part of the horror is that many poorer countries won’t ha…

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During this month, agencies, like Family Service Association, spotlight the work we do year round to mitigate sexual assault. We advocate for change as much as we advocate for survivors.

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in February that the disease caused by the new coronavirus would be called COVID‑19, the name was quickly adopted by organizations involved in communicating public-health information. As well as naming the illness, the WHO was implicitly sen…

As we mourn the loss of thousands to the coronavirus, we must also find ways to celebrate these lives taken too soon.

As a concerned citizen following the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it is changing our communities on the local, state and national level, I hear about the HCWs, EMS, first responders, law enforcement and firefighters on the front line and I am grateful for the service they provide. I am also tha…

Millions of Americans, sheltering in their homes from the coronavirus, have turned to communications platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger in order to work or stay connected to friends and family. Free and easy to use, the services are gobbling up record numbers of new users.

During this pandemic, it’s important to think about what we can do to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Weeks after a mysterious and uncommonly lethal virus began sweeping through the world, Los Angeles’ mayor declared a state of emergency. Though the pandemic had yet to affect the city in large numbers – only a few confirmed cases had been identified in Southern California – city and health o…

Finally, I understand why Thoreau was such a contented man in his little cabin at Walden Pond. He had made himself safe from the deadly scourge of a virus attack.

America came face to face with the festering problem of digital inequality when most of the country responded to the coronavirus pandemic by shutting elementary and high schools that serve more than 50 million children.

COVID-19 is causing all kinds of trouble – for physical, mental and economic health. Policy-makers are trying to limit the pandemic’s spread while dealing with its implications for individuals, companies, and the economy.

Economies have gone on to a war footing: manufacturers are retooling factories to supply the needs of governments, workers are being mobilised and reallocated to areas of shortages. The financial sector must, likewise, adjust to the new reality. Banks will bear a large part of the burden tha…

It is worth noting, in the thick of our great national quarantine, that we have gone in a heartbeat from an ordinary civil society to a step short of martial law.

You might think the average American should be entitled to know information that could save their life, their family’s lives or their neighbors’ lives.

While these past few weeks have brought fear, uncertainty and isolation, we all owe the people risking their health for our benefit more than we can imagine.

Some years ago, life as I knew it was put on a sudden and dramatic hiatus in the form of an inattentive driver who attempted to cross U.S. 30 near Plymouth in the path of our car.

Airports around the world have become parking lots for grounded planes. The last time this many aircraft were idle was after the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001. Today’s near-shutdown of commercial aviation caused by the coronavirus is worse. It is likely to last much longer than the …